Petition - A change to the Victorieux Luxury Yacht - in honor of Katia Sae

I am petitioning CCP to make one simple change to the Victorieux Luxury Yacht. Adding one high slot for the purpose of fitting a Core Probe Launcher.

Additionally, if possible, I would love to rename the ship to something like the ‘Katia Sae Luxury Yacht’ or have a Katie Sae themed skin produced for the ship.

In my opinion the Victorieux Luxury Yacht is basically designed for sight seeing in Eve with its ability to covops cloak and ignore bubbles. The only downside is needing to choose between fitting a probe launcher or the safety of a covops cloak.

Quality of life improvement:
Players who are interesting in following in the footsteps of Katia Sae face significant challenges, the same they did when they made the goal. Most importantly, having a ship that can scan down WHs while also being able to avoid bubbles and warp while cloaked. A ship that has all of these capabilities doesn’t currently exist to my knowledge.

Balance considerations:
The luxury liner only has 164.1cpu with maxed fitting skills, this naturally precludes fitting an expanded probe launcher. Meaning that this ship couldn’t be repurposed for some sort of hunting role. Even a faction expanded probe launcher requires 210 CPU. Rigging the ship to increase CPU, tech I or Tech II, I can get a max of 188cpu out of the ship. Easily preventing the use of an expanded probe launcher. If there are additional worries, a modest penalty to probe launcher cpu fitting would guarantee this.

Considering that the ship has only one midslot (basically reserved for a prop mod) and is unbonused towards scanning, I see this modification as a useable way for players with maxed scanning skills to traverse WH space but not as a way for players to mass scan down signatures for other purposes.

Coupled with the 300mil-ish isk cost, pitiful cargo space, and complete lack of realistic defenses. I doubt that players/alliances will be flocking to the luxury yacht after these changes.

Additional considerations:
Cloaky intel is a major consideration in the continuous wars that occur in eve. However, in my opinion there is nothing this modified version of the luxury yacht that you can’t do with significantly cheaper/more capable ships. For instance, a stealth bomber is an order of magnitude cheaper with scanning midslots available if you want to sit in someone’s system for intel purposes.

It’s possible that some players will use this modified luxury yacht for nefarious purposes. However, the characteristics and costs of the ship are natural barriers to these sort of activities, while providing a real benefit to players who want to experiences the furthest reaches of the eve universe.

Any/thoughts or considerations that I might have overlooked are extremely appreciated.

Can’t you do it with Covert + Interdiction Nullifier subsystems on a T3? Also, some people use Victor Luxury Yachts to haul cargo with a high isk/m3 ratio.

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To be fair, I used to use the luxury yacht to run extremely high value/low m3 booster shipments back before they legalized them. It could still be used for that after that change, making the addition of a probe launcher a null issue.

T3s might be able to do that as well, I’ll have to look into that. But the requirements to use them are much higher, and prohibitive to newer accounts. I’m not sure what the training time comparison is between T3s and covops cloak is, but I bet it’s shorter for the cloak. Additionally, unless I’m reading this wrong, the luxury yacht/covops cloak can be used by alpha accounts. The same can’t be said for T3s.

Also, T3s are way less stylish. :wink:

Ultimately, I think this change gives the luxury yacht an interesting niche in the game. Without any serious drawbacks that I can see.

Cloaking is for omega accounts only.